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Students were Engaged

“On behalf of The Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, I would like to thank you and all your performers for the fantastic workshops this week. I received such positive feedback from both teachers and students in all grades. The students were engaged throughout the entire presentation and truly enjoyed the workshop. I look forward to continuing to work with you and your organization in May and hopefully the coming years!”

— Teacher, Staten Island School of Civic Leadership


More about Our Anti-Bullying Programs

Alice’s Story

When Deanna spreads a mean rumor about Alice at school, Alice is crushed. Will she learn how to safely deal with bullies, and will Maria, a classmate who witnesses the bullying, come to Alice’s defense? Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore the themes of empathy, kindness, and community building.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they brainstorm effective strategies to counteract bullying
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

Fair and Square

After losing the school spelling bee to Roberta, McKayla accuses her of cheating. When Robert learns she might lose her award she takes matters into her own hands, placing the two of them in serious trouble. Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore themes of conflict management, actions and consequences, and peer-pressure.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they reflect on the scenes and use their own reasoning to draw conclusions
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

 

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NYCCT Anti-Bullying Programs Creates a Caring Community

“Through role playing, the actors appeal to the students’ empathy and creativity in solving real-life bullying problems. The experience has definitely added to our effort to create a caring community where bullying doesn’t happen

— Teacher at VOICE Charter School, Queens

New York City Children’s Theater is a leader in educational programming that engages students through theater and role-play. Kids have a great time while learning valuable lessons on dealing with difficult situations whether they are being bullied or just witnessing bullying in their school or community.

More about Fair and Square

After losing the school spelling bee to Roberta, McKayla accuses her of cheating. When Robert learns she might lose her award she takes matters into her own hands, placing the two of them in serious trouble. Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore themes of conflict management, actions and consequences, and peer-pressure.

During the workshop, students function as:

  • Audience members…as they view short scenes performed by the artists
  • Critical thinkers…as they reflect on the scenes and use their own reasoning to draw conclusions
  • Actors…as they implement their ideas through role playing

 


 

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Alices Story NYCCT Anti-Bullying Program

We’re so Excited we Won the Activating Empathy Competition!!

New York City Children’s Theater is a WINNER of the Townsend Press Prize through Donors Choose in the Ashoka Changemakers Activating Empathy Competition!

$5,000 will go towards bringing our anti-bullying program, Alice’s Story, to PS 144 in Queens.

Prizes went to the top five solutions submitted by a U.S. public-school teacher, student, or administrator to advance the mastery of empathy in a way that addresses bullying.

Read more about other Activating Empathy prize winners to see what schools and organizations all over the country are doing to combat bullying.

Promoting empathy and teaching emotional literacy are central to the mission of New York City Children’s Theater, and we are thrilled to get this kind of encouragement from organizations that share our values. Thank you Ashoka Changemakers, Donors Choose and Townsend Press!

Alice’s Story is an interactive theater performance and workshop designed to help 1st to 3rd grade students understand and deal with bullying. This show has been performed in over 200 schools to thousands of students. Two actor-educators visit a classroom and facilitate a 45-minute drama exploring the serious issue of bullying. The workshop includes moments of scripted performance, guided discussion and improvisation.

Alice’s Story has three goals:
•To create safe learning environments for all students
•To cultivate communities of respect and inclusion
•To empower students to be agents of positive change

When Deanna spreads a mean rumor about Alice at school, Alice is crushed. Will she learn how to safely deal with bullies, and will Maria, a classmate who witnesses the bullying, come to Alice’s defense? Throughout this interactive drama and workshop, students will explore the themes of empathy, kindness, and community building.

 

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NYCCT Education Programs Teach Students to Work Together

“I believe that the New York City Children’s Theater program was essential in getting our students to learn how to work together.

— Fourth Grade Teacher, PS155


NYCCT Education Programs

New York City Children’s Theater is the premier arts-in-education provider for elementary school age children. Our programs have served over 60,000 students in over 450 schools and community centers.

New York City Children’s Theater’s residencies, workshops, assembly programs and multimedia musicals use theater and music to inspire and educate children in grades PreK-5.


 

 

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